A test station consists of process engineering components and electrotechnical components, a TestWork process server, a TestWork database server (optional) and a TestWork Client. The TestWork process server is a specific computer hardware that provides different hardware classes depending on the requirement. It also hosts the TestWork Server.
In terms of the TestWork automation concept, HORIBA FuelCon relies on a modern client-server architecture. Diverse advantages for test station operation arise thereof that for example increase operational reliability or make the administration of entire test fields a child’s play. Depending on the test station type, client and server are locally installed on the same hardware or run on separate systems communicating with each other via Ethernet.
Different applications require different clients. There are TestWork Clients for research and development of programming, visualization, data analysis and tests. For the use in production, the TestWork Client Operator Panel is used in order to operate end-of-line test stations or formation test stations. A client can also be used to control an existing test field by means of a proprietary software provided by the customer.
In addition to the client-server architecture, the TestWork automation concept is also divided into Windows level and real-time level. The Windows level comprises all components of client-server architecture and is operated by the test station operator through TestWork automation software. With end-of-line test systems, the Windows level is also referred to as operator level.
The real-time level comprises relevant test station components and is especially characterized by the TrueData Controllers. These controllers log data with up to 1 ms in “real time” and can execute test runs independent from the Windows level via sequence or acquire data, respectively. Windows level and real-time level are connected to each other via Ethernet.